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Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst? Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ruppert unexpectedly breaks down, weeping openly for the lost future of humanity, and at that moment I was startled at how bad I felt for him -- and how nervous I was, suddenly, that this contemporary Cassandra might just be right."
‑ Dan Kois, Washington Post
"Collapse will leave you shaken about the future of the planet, and saddened about the shattered life of the messenger."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"A staggering film about a man convinced he's the only poor son of a gun who gets it ... and how, as he grows to realize he might have actually been right all those years, it destroys him"
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Chris Smith's documentary centres on a long and disquieting interview with Michael Ruppert, a radical American activist on a mission to expose the "peak oil" cover-up..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Intelligently probed by director Chris Smith and always compelling to watch, the chain-smoking Ruppert's vision of the future should be on everyone's viewing list."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"It's only when he starts to weep for the future of a population that won't heed his warnings that Ruppert shows his humanity. It's made him abandon his cause and quit writing."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Collapse" is a grueling peek at a doomsday prophet's rigorous mind but in a sly way also a compassionate look at the strain Ruppert endures from knowing he has only ever been right."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"If he's even half right, the world our children and grandchildren will inherit doesn't bear thinking about."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Smith treats Ruppert both as exhibit and patient, and he comes across as an angry yet compassionate man, secure in his convictions but lost in his emotions."
‑ Tom Seymour, Little White Lies
"Rich on rhetoric, if sometimes a little loopy in the ideas beneath."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"There is controversy over Ruppert, and he has many critics. But one simple fact at the center of his argument is obviously true, and it terrifies me."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It would have been helpful had Smith put his words into some sort of context, allowing others to assess his theories. Instead there's simply Ruppert, talking, raging and warning, as if his very life depended on it."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Unearths the flawed humanity behind the apocalyptic theorising."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"There are clear parallels with former US vice-president Al Gore's arguments in An Inconvenient Truth, only Smith's film makes less use of showbiz-style graphics."
‑ Terry Staunton, Radio Times
"Perhaps he's worth listening to? Well, up to a point."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
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